The man in the viral video which showed him throwing bricks at windows police vehicles and officers themselves, has died from the gunshot wound he sustained during his attack. His distraught family is seeking answers, saying that he had been recovering when they had last visited with him.
Derrick Bopape, the man who was shot by a police officer while hurling bricks at property and police officers at Mmametlhake Secondary School, has died.
According to The Sowetan, his family is looking for answers and feels that the police should be held responsible for his death.
The man's sister, 27-year-old Itumeleng Bopape, says that her brother had appeared to be recovering before his death:
“We saw him about a week ago while he was still in ICU. He seemed to have been recovering and the doctors said he was much better than he was when he arrived at the hospital.”
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Briefly.co.za reported earlier that a video, showing Bopape throwing bricks at both the school and police officers, had gone viral.
Bopape had been transferred from a local clinic to Witbank Hospital, two hours away from the family's village. This had made it difficult for them to visit him.
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According to Itumeleng, police had arrived at their home to tell them Bopape had died, she explained that:
“Police officers came to our house and they just said Derrick was no more. They did not have more details about what happened.”
The distraught family says that all the police could tell them was that the body was being held in a state mortuary.
The South African Police Service have yet to comment on the situation.
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